Soap special interests getting hands dirty in triclosan fight
Practice medicine as long as I did, and you'll see plenty of faces that only a mother could love. But right now, a million-dollar mama bear is rushing to save her butt-ugly baby from the jaws of the big, bad FDA.
She's got her teeth showing and she's ready to throw her influence all over Capitol Hill. And I hope you're up for a little bear hunt -- because I'm betting our spineless government isn't.
The American Cleaning Institute, the filthy rich trade group that represents about 90% of the U.S. cleaning products industry, is getting ready for a tooth-and-nail fight against what may FINALLY be the end of disease-causing triclosan.
I've been fighting triclosan so long, I have scars on my knuckles. Triclosan is loaded into many of the popular antibacterial soaps you'll find on the market today, and it's been linked to everything from heart disease to cancer -- even though it's no more effective than regular soap and water.
But when Washington special interest groups have to choose between money and your health, they'll take the cash every time.
The FDA is considering new rules that would force manufacturers to defend the use of triclosan -- or pull it off the market. And the ACI is up in a lather. Their lobbyists are arguing to anyone who will listen that triclosan is safe and they've even launched a sham "Fight Germs Now" campaign meant to sell folks like you on this poison.
Well, don't sit around waiting for Uncle Sam to act. Minnesota already banned triclosan, and you can implement your own personal ban, starting today. Keeping clear of triclosan just may give you something these soap peddlers can never promise.